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Obamacare Repeal Could Threaten Provisions That Help Older Adults

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 6:10am

Some lesser known parts of the Affordable Care Act have especially benefited people 50 and older. Will repeal of the ACA bring back sky-high premiums and gaps in Medicare's prescription drug coverage?

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It's Not Just The Park Service: 'Rogue' Federal Twitter Accounts Multiply

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:28pm

What started as one "unofficial resistance" Twitter account has grown to a list of more than 80 "rogue" accounts advocating for the science community and climate change research.

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'A Nightmare Without An End': Wildfires Burn Out Of Control In Chile

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:15am

Hundreds of thousands of acres have been destroyed and at least 10 people have died, including several firefighters. The Chilean government says the blazes are the worst in the country's history.

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50 Years Later, NASA Creates Tribute To 3 Astronauts Who Died In Space Race

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 5:18pm

On Jan. 27, 1967, three astronauts were killed when a fire broke out in their Apollo 1 capsule during a test on the launchpad. The capsule will be put on public view for the first time Friday.

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Controversial Research On Creation Of Human-Animal Embryos Published

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:45pm

Results from two sets of experiments provide encouragement to researchers working on "chimera" embryos that may someday be used to grow organs for transplantation into people.

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Former EPA Scientist Weighs In On Fate Of Climate Science Under Trump

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:30pm

The relationship between the Trump administration and the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a rough start. The new administration has instructed officials to freeze its grants and contracts, external communication has been frozen, and academic papers by agency scientists may be subject to review before publication. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Tracey Woodruff, a former senior scientist and policy advisor at the EPA under the Clinton and Bush administration, about whether previous transitions in administrations have always had been this rocky.

Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder of Modern Neuroscience

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:59pm

Santiago Ramón y Cajal's drawings of nerve cells changed scientists' understanding of the brain. Now, 80 of those drawings are going on display at an art museum in Minnesota.

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Huge Federal Climate Enterprise At Stake As Trump Team Moves In

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:38pm

The country's single biggest source of climate information is the federal government. What happens if a Trump administration tries to censor it?

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Nearly Half Of California Emerges From Drought In Latest Report

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 1:38pm

For the first time since January of 2014, no part of California is in the "exceptional drought" category, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report.

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Young Girls Are Less Apt To Think That Women Are Really, Really Smart

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 1:14pm

Girls are less likely to identify their own gender as brilliant than boys are, even at age 5. One question is whether it's the girls who need to change their thinking about innate intelligence.

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'It's A Big One': Iowa Pipeline Leaks Nearly 140,000 Gallons Of Diesel

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:44am

The leak from an underground pipeline in north-central Iowa was first discovered in a field on Wednesday morning. Crews for the company, Magellan Midstream Partners, are working to clean it up.

The Doomsday Clock Is Reset: Closest To Midnight Since The 1950s

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 9:08am

Criticizing President Trump, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sees increased risk in dangers to humanity, from the proliferation of nuclear weapons to climate change.

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Rogue National Park Accounts Emerge On Twitter Amid Social Media Gag Orders

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 7:48pm

Countering the Trump administration's restrictions on public communications, unofficial Twitter accounts for the National Park Service have been tweeting facts about climate change.

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EPA Scientists' Work May Be Subject To Review By Trump Team

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

The Trump transition at the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a bumpy start. External communications have been frozen, and this morning NPR reported that even academic papers by agency scientists will be subject to review during the transition.

Red Panda Escapes From Virginia Zoo In Norfolk

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

A red panda named Sunny has escaped from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. Turns out, they have a reputation for escaping their enclosures.

If These Trees Don't Get Time To Chill, Farmers Will Be Out On A Limb

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:38pm

Tree crops like pistachios, peaches and almonds need a certain amount of cold weather every year. But scientists say that California's climate may become too warm for them to grow there.

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EPA Scientists' Work May Face 'Case By Case' Review By Trump Team, Official Says

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 8:43am

A Trump official says he expects peer-reviewed research will be subject to vetting during the transition period. If such a rule became permanent, it would be a radical departure from existing policy.

Trump Takes Executive Action Designed To Speed Approval Of Oil Pipelines

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 3:27pm

President Donald Trump took executive action designed to speed approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Opponents say they will challenge the projects at every step.

Trump's Move On Keystone XL, Dakota Access Outrages Activists

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 1:35pm

President Trump indicated that potential deals between the pipeline companies and the federal government would be renegotiated, with the goal of allowing construction to move forward.

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Trump To Give Green Light To Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:33am

The pipelines had been blocked by the Obama administration, and President Trump's actions are expected to reignite the energy vs. environment debate.

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